WESTON, W.Va. — A 12-member jury is set for the trial of Lena Lunsford-Conaway after two day of jury selection.


Lena Lunsford Conaway

The jury consists of ten women and two men. The two alternate jurors are both women.

A total of seven jurors were excused with cause Friday, after individual voir dire executed by Judge Jake Reger, Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Christina Flannigan and defense attorney Tom Dyer.

Both Flannigan and Dyer were then permitted to strike two and six jurors respectively from the 20-member panel, as well as one alternate juror each.

Lunsford-Conaway, 35, is charged with multiple felony counts related to the 2011 disappearance and presumed death of her then 3-year-old daughter, Aliayah Lunsford.

She was arrested in November 2016 in Florida and extradited to West Virginia more than five years after Aliayah’s disappearance on Sept, 24, 2011.

Dyer requested a motion in pre-trial to change the venue of the trial, in belief they would not be able to set a fair and impartial jury in Lewis County.

Lunsford’s trial is set to begin 9 a.m. Monday.

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